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welcome to "world news." tonight, breaking now, the violent storms bearing down, 80 million americans in the path. the confirmed tornado, the deadly lightning. and the close call. the father and daughter rescued from the flood. meteorologist ginger zee with a new storm track coming in. also developing, the american sergeant held captive by the taliban. you'll remember him squinting in the sunlight, the handover, where he's reporting for duty now and for some, outrage tonight. brian ross is standing by. the horrific crash, the walmart rig and tonight the first pictures of the survivor, comedian tracy morgan and the major lawsuit tonight, what he's saying about walmart. tracking the sharks, we're in the water tonight and what we've now learned, the exploding
number of great whites. why so many this summer and where they're most concerned tonight. is . good evening in for diane tonight. it's great to have you with us on a monday evening. we do begin tonight with millions of americans driving home from work, many bracing for severe weather into the night. the radar at this hour says it all, nearly 20 states now under watches and warnings for flash floods, thunderstorms and more of that lightning, some of it deadly this weekend. this image coming in, a direct hit on the library of congress in d.c. behind the capitol, triggered by a deep cold snap colliding with warm weather. tonight they confirmed an ef-4 tornado. concerns from baltimore to new york. ginger zee leads us off tonight.
>> david, there are a half dozen severe thunderstorm watches. it's not just the maps but the pictures we want to get you straight to tonight. >> storms breaking out across the nation tonight, a close call with lightning in oregon. amanda racing to get her horses to shelter when lightning knocking her father to the ground. and a fresh rating tonight on that tornado in new york. an ef-1 confirmed in the finger lake town of redding, new york sunday, winds greater than 100 miles per hour. it's been a vicious 24 hours from coast to coast. today heavy rains shutting down all southbound lanes of an atlanta area highway with chain reaction crash, injuring at least nine people. in central illinois, a foot and a half of rain submerging neighbors in waist deep waters this weekend. and in the southwest, monsoon
storms knocking down trees, flipping tractor-trailers and forcing water rescue, almost an inch of rain falling in just 8 minutes near tucson. behind all that severe weather? an enthusiastic jet stream and a major push of cold air. temperatures dropping into the 40s for some by tomorrow morning. that cold front though is also one of the factors driving more severe storms. you see, as the cold front passes, the warm summer air rises up, creating storms. the greater the gradient or the difference in temperature over a certain distance, the more fuel for the storms. look at the high in minneapolis for example. a chilly 64. just over 550 miles away, st. louis a steamy 90. >> what are we facing tonight? >> tonight that severe storm area, especially the one we're watching along the east coast because you mentioned it early,
a tornado warning norpth and east of baltimore. where you can see the pockets of orange, the damaging winds from connecticut back through arkansas. that's tonight and it doesn't move much tomorrow. david, big cities like philadelphia, new york city and washington d.c. are right there close to it. virginia, north carolina need to be on alert, especially tomorrow afternoon and evening. >> you talk about the cool air. how deep will these cool temperatures go? >> watch this. this is tomorrow's high temperatures, just shy of 70 in chicago but that cold front pushing all the way making dallas go from 100 some today to 86 by thursday. nashville dropping to the low 80s which is koolt for this time of year. these images coming in from the west now, wildfires in oregon. this neighborhood engolfed in smoke, homes destroyed, more than 100 evacuated. firefighters scrambling, thousands of lightning strikes may have sparked the fire.
many families keep horses and cattle and of course the concern for those animals is growing tonight. there are wildfires raging in northern california as well. all of this weather comes as millions take their summer vacations and for drivers this evening a bit of welcome news, gas prices going down finally. you'll remember those prices climbing for 12 days straight. tonight reversing course and cecilia vega tonight with what's behind the drop tonight. >> reporter: good evening. we can consider this a vacation from the pain at the pump. i want to show you numbers that just came out this evening. the national average for a gallon of gas $3.64. why are these prices coming down? because the price of oil is dropping. libya is producing more oil. fighting in iraq that was expected to impact that country never actually materialized. all of this is good news for drivers. there are drivers in 13 states that are paying just about less
than anybody. you can see it on the map there, paying less than $3.50 a gallon. will these cheaper prices stick? analysts saying there's the possibility that something could happen in the middle east, the potential for a hurricane, but the analysts i spoke to today said these prices will be dropping by as much as ten cents over the next couple of weeks. >> welcome news. thank you. around the world tonight and to the middle east where international pressure is mounting this evening for israel and hamas to reach a cease fire, egypt offering to broker the deal and itomes as a broken being used by hamas being shot out of the sky. martha raddatz in the region tonight. martha are we any closer to a cease fire? >> reporter: the news from hamas tonight that they are open to cease fire talks is a first sign but just a signal that there may be some progress here - - and it could not come soon enough. today after more than 1,000
rockets launched from gaza, an ominous turn, hamas claiming that a flock of drones like this one in a hamas video would be deployed deep into israel. the first launch today and then shot down by israel using a patriot missile, the latest in an air assault. israel says hamas has stock piled 10,000 rockets, also seen in the hamas video. some that can reach israel's mainlier cities. the two sides, israel and its enemy hamas, the militant group that now controls the palestinian territory of gaza, locked in this deadly fight. any remaining shred of hope that a broader peace, something that america has pushed so hard for, collapsing. instead, civilians in gaza where the death toll is rising worry israel will move ahead with the massive ground assault. all across the border area with gaza you can see israeli tanks
building up. 30,000 israeli reservists have already been called up, everyone waiting to see what comes next. david, that remains the question tonight, even though there are those proposed cease fire talks, the exchange of fire between israel and hamas is as intense as ever. >> martha raddatz in the middle east tonight again for us. thank you. we have much more, many sides of this conflict. you can find reporting throughout the night at abcnews.com. meantime back here at home this evening and to a developing headline involving that american sergeant rescued from the taliban. bowe bergdahl, it's been six weeks since his release, that dramatic handover caught on tape, one of his captors leading in, a member of the american team reporting him down. tonight after 45 days of treatment we learn of a new post, the army putting him back on regular duty, and some or outraged. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross tonight.
>> reporter: today a new chapter for sergeant bowe bergdahl -- just a little over six weeks now since the dramatic prisoner swap that led to his release after almost five years in the hands of the taliban. this morning the army announced bergdahl has been returned to regular duty and given a desktop in fort sam houston in san antonio after completing what military psychologists call his re-integration process. >> in captivity, fundamentally our decision to make any choice is taken away. so, we slowly increase their chances to make choices and have a sense of control. >> reporter: during his long captivity, bergdahl's parents were tireless in their efforts to gain his freedom. >> i pray this video may be shown to our only son. >> reporter: but army officials said today that bergdahl did not meet with his parents during the transition period. bergdahl's return to regular duty also means that the army can begin the most sensitive part of its investigation, questioning him about how he
became a taliban prisoner in the first place. since his release, the taliban posted this propaganda photo online showing a smiling bergdahl with a taliban leader who has since been killed. but the taliban did not release any pictures of the metal cage in which bergdahl says he was held after trying to escape. the pentagon said today it has concluded bergdahl did not engage in any criminal misconduct while a prisoner, but the investigation as to whether he did desert is post is due to be completed in a month. >> what more do we know about communication or lack thereof with his parents. >> after five years he did not ask to be put in contact with his parents. >> brian, thank you. this evening, officials are studying a new tape from the terror group accused of kidnapping those 200 school girls in nigeria, members of that group making fun of the
message, bring back our girls. you'll remember michelle obama helping the cause. the defiant message and the new champion to bring home the girls, malala. amy robach is with malala and some of the girls who escaped before. >> reporter: the defiant new video message from boko haram, mocking the campaign, bring back our girls. more than 200 girls tonight still in captivity. we traveled to nigeria to meet with some of the girls who escaped. the trauma still written on their faces. this 18-year-old describing how she jumped off a truck, badly injuring her leg. >> what was it like when you escaped? >> i hid in the bushes of an abandoned vil age. this 15-year-old also leapt from
a truck. slowly she made her way to her village. she didn't eat for a week. these girls have another champion, a teenager, malala yousafzai who was shot because she wanted an education. >> my voice is more powerful than any weapon on this earth. >> reporter: she and her father wept as they sat down with the parents of the missing girls. >> to continue to stand up and speak out loud for them. >> on social media everyone was speaking for this campaign of bring back our girls. but then it just went down and everyone is silent now. >> what do you want people back in america, in the united states, to know? what can we do to help? >> i want them to go back and bring back our kids. >> reporter: the girls who escaped still have not returned to school. in fact, they told me they don't want to go back to school until all of their friends are back home safe and sound. those girls have been missing now for 91 days. david? >> 91 days, amy robach on
assignment in nigeria, thank you. back here at home and to the economy tonight and a major settlement into the investigation of the collapse of the housing market. citigroup will pay about $7 billion for its role in the recession. $2.5 billion will be used to help families struggling to pay their mortgage. to the waters off italy and a high stakes mission to salvage are the costa concordia, the cruise line that ran aground more than two years ago. tonight the costa concordia has now been righted. the giant ship on the move and abc's terry moran reporting in. >> reporter: this is a huge operation nothing like it ever attempted. >> the weather is good, everyone's ready offshore so now we just have to go and take advantage of the good weather and lift her off the platforms. >> reporter: and so today after two and a half years and nearly a billion dollars the giant wreck of the costa concordia twice the size of the titanic was at last lifted off the sea
bed, refloated for one final journey to the scrap yard. to raise the stricken ship air was pumped into 30 giant metal containers attached to the sides of the vessel raising her just six feet or so. a tense operation. toxic fuel and waste could spill if she breaks apart. and engineering achievement shadowed by sorrow. 32 people died that awful night she ran aground off the coast of italy. underwater the scenes from the last cruise are still frozen in time as the decay sets in. now the costa concordia will be slowly towed to the italian port of genova and there it will be scrapped. and all that will be left is the memory of the tragedy. terry moran. abc news, london. >> thank you. and a triumph here at home to report tonight. today this family photo posted by our friends at channel 5 in boston and it was trending online. marathon bombing survival jeff bowman lost both legs in that attack. today he and his fiance introducing us to their new
daughter. we love seeing that. much more on "world news" on this monday night. the deadly crash involving that walmart truck, some of the first pictures tonight of comedian tracy morgan since surviving that frightening accident and the major lawsuit, what tracy morgan is now saying about walmart. later here on "world news," tracking the sharks tonight, the exploding number of great whites tonight, what scientists have discovered, how they're now tracking them, and are they swimming to a beach near you? and thank you for your bravery. thank you colonel. thank you daddy. military families are uniquely thankful for many things, the legacy of usaa auto insurance can be one of them. if you're a current or former military member or their family, get an auto insurance quote and see why 92% of our members plan to stay for life.
it would have been virtually impossible in that confined space to move to change radio frequencies. i mean it hurt. i couldn't even get up and drive let alone teach somebody and be responsible in an airplane. as a pilot that meant i was grounded. next tonight here to some of the first pictures of actor tracy morgan since the deadly truck accident that left him critically hurt, out of the hospital after more than a month and tonight what he's saying about his recovery and why he's n suing walmart for what happened on the turnpike. here's abc's --
>> reporter: though visibly weak while leaving his new jersey home today, tracy morgan's spirits seem strong. flashing a peace sign in this image captured by the new york daily news in one of his first appearances since being critically injured in a car accident last month -- telling photographers -- >> i'm okay. >> reporter: the 45-year-old comedian continues recovering after spending five weeks in the hospital with a broken leg, nose and several ribs. morgan was injured when wal-mart truck driver kevin roper allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel, crashing into the van the actor was riding in. now, morgan is suing, claiming, quote, walmart knew or should have known that mr. roper was awake for more than 24 consecutive hours immediately before the subject accident. experts say drivers. falling asleep is one reason accidents involving large trucks are so common on america's highways. in fact, recent numbers show an average of 200 people were injured and 11 killed each day in large truck crashes. >> these individuals are overworked and if they take their eye off the road for a
nano second, they can have a horrific crash. >> reporter: in response to the lawsuit walmart says, quote, we are deeply sorry that one of our trucks was involved and we are cooperating fully in the investigation. tonight that investigation is moving forward, as tracy morgan's recovery. when we come back here, a former president and a major surgery over the weekend. we'll let you know how he's doing. look at this, a plane taking off from newark, fire spotted from one of the engines and the merge landing that followed. we'll tell you what happened next. but her knee pain returns... that's two more pills. the evening's event brings laughter, joy, and more pain... when jamie says... what's that like six pills today? yeah... i can take 2 aleve for all day relief. really, and... and that's it. this is kathleen... for my arthritis pain, i now choose aleve. get all day arthritis pain relief with an easy-open cap.
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finally tonight here many are now asking is this the summer of the shark, the great white at least. we've been tracking them up and down the coast and tonight how scientists are following them. the device they're using and how far some of the sharks, katherine included, have gone already. here's abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: it sure seems like a very sharky summer. last week this california swimmer chopped by a great white. >> it's biting and you're staring at it. >> reporter: the attacks no coincidence. the number of great whites up 42% since 1997. more than 2,000 of the truck-sized fish now roaming the east coast alone. the good news, we now know where a lot of them are, thanks to gps, scientists and fisherman tagging them just this weekend. millions online tracking a 2300 pounder named katherine. from cape cod to key west and
nearly louisiana. their comeback, thanks to an increase in their favorite food, seelts, thanks flee not humans. i learned some sharks actually crave affection, even the hug of a reporter. david, in case you were wondering about katherine, the great white, she's hooked a big old u-turn is heading back to south floor beaches like this one and who knows, maybe at some point this summer she could be headed to a beach near you. david? >> katherine on the move tonight. matt gutman our thanks to you always. we hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. for diane sawyer and all of us here at abc news, have a good evening. good night.